Florida Medical-Marijuana Applicants Foresee Stores, Door-To-Door Service

FLORIDA: Eight companies vying to become the first in Central Florida to produce medical marijuana are proposing a wide range of retail options, from one central dispensary with delivery services to more than a dozen retail stores.

The Florida Department of Health is reviewing applications to decide which one will be licensed for the Central Florida market. That region encompasses 18 counties and runs from Stuart to Daytona Beach on the Atlantic coast, through Metro Orlando to St. Petersburg to Inverness on the Gulf Coast.

The winning company will get the Central Florida franchise to produce medicines derived from cannabis that have shown promise treating people with epilepsy and other neurological disorders.

State officials have indicated they hope to award Florida’s five regional licenses later this year, and some applicants say they can have product available for sale within a couple of months of getting the license.

 

6 Companies Vie For SW Florida’s Medical Marijuana Business

FLORIDA:  The six nursery businesses that have applied to be southwest Florida’s medical marijuana dispensing organization are turning to prominent professionals in the Sunshine State and cultivation experts from Colorado who have experience in the pot-growing industry.

The state has been divided into five regions and only one license will be issued per region. Overall, 28 applications were submitted from 24 nurseries.

The News-Press reports that applications were submitted to the Florida Department of Health. The selections are expected to be made by early October.

State’s Medical Marijuana Law Clears Legal Hurdle

FLORIDA:  The state’s noneuphoric-medical-marijuana law cleared a major legal hurdle Wednesday when a judge in Tallahassee upheld it, which allows the state to begin licensing marijuana growers this summer.

Florida Administrative Hearings Judge David Watkins rejected claims by an Orange County nursery that the state’s proposed rules and regulations were unfairly developed to give advantage to bigger, politically connected nurseries to win the five regional medical-marijuana-growing licenses the law allows.

As a result, the Florida Department of Health can file the rules as “final” and begin soliciting applications for the licenses within three weeks, provided Baywood Nurseries of Apopka does not appeal Watkins’ decision.

 

Charlotte’s Web rewrite goes public Tuesday

FLORIDA:  Florida Department of Health officials will reveal their plans for a medicinal marijuana industry  Tuesday at a rule development workshop. The department’s first set of rules to implement the state’s Charlotte’s Web law was thrown out in November by an administrative law judge.

DOH officials have been silent about how they intend to resolve the legal problems Judge David W Watkins identified in the department’s first attempt to construct a regulatory framework to sell cannabis oil to epilepsy and other neurological patients.

“The Department of Health will consider all options that will most expeditiously get this product to market to help families facing serious illnesses” has been the mantra for DOH communication director Nathan Dunn since the Nov. 14 ruling.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday at DOH’s Orange County office, 6101 Lake Ellenor Drive in Orlando. The agenda includes statutory and final order impacts on rulemaking.

 

Judge Rejects Lottery For Florida Medical Marijuana Growers, Orders Health Department To Write New Rules

FLORIDA:  From the beginning, AltMed, a Lakewood Ranch-based medical marijuana company, has preferred a merit-based selection process over the controversial lottery to pick the nurseries that would grow and dispense this type of cannabis.

After an administrative law judge’s ruling on Friday to reject the lottery, AltMed co-executive chairman Michael Smullen said he is “very happy that there isn’t going to be a lottery.” Judge W. David Watkins of the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings rejected the lottery, a decision that coFlorida Division of Administrative Hearings uld also impact when the marijuana will be available to patients.

“I knew that the lottery became strictly a chance-based scenario and it wasn’t merit-based or experience-based. And to me, I had to object to it,” Watkins stated in his order, which he issued after he reviewed chemical and safety issues and testimony from growers.

Now the Florida Department of Health must start from scratch, rewriting and mapping out a new plan for growing, processing and selling a form of medical marijuana, known as Charlotte’s Web. This will cause a delay in being able to grow and display the medical marijuana, which has been AltMed’s concern from the beginning with bringing any kind of lawsuit against the rules, Smullen said.

 

Another Challenge To Florida Department Of Health’s Medical Marijuana Rule

FLORIDA:  A trade association Wednesday challenged the Florida Department of Health‘s plan for carrying out a new medical-marijuana law, adding to two challenges filed earlier in the week.

The Florida Medical Cannabis Association is asking an administrative law judge to reject a department rule unveiled this month.

The earlier challenges were filed by nurseries Plants of Ruskin, Inc., and Costa Farms.

The cases stem from a law passed this spring that allows strains of marijuana low in euphoria-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and high in cannabadiol, or CBD. Supporters say the substances can help children with severe forms of epilepsy and some people with other medical conditions.

 

How Medical Marijuana Would Work In Florida

FLORIDA:  Monday’s Florida Supreme Court ruling puts medical marijuana on the November general election ballot. If the proposed constitutional amendment passes by at least 60 percent of the vote, state health officials will have to sort out many details before patients can legally obtain pot. Some specifics, however, are outlined in the proposed amendment. Here is what is known about how medical marijuana would work in Florida:

Who could use medical marijuana? [Read more…]

How Medical Marijuana Would Work In Florida

FLORIDA:  Monday’s Florida Supreme Court ruling puts medical marijuana on the November general election ballot. If the proposed constitutional amendment passes by at least 60 percent of the vote, state health officials will have to sort out many details before patients can legally obtain pot. Some specifics, however, are outlined in the proposed amendment. Here is what is known about how medical marijuana would work in Florida:

Who could use medical marijuana? [Read more…]